S.O.A.P Bible Study

Essential Church is committed to the scriptural command “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:12
One way we are doing this is by teaching people how to effectively study God’s Word on their own. One such method is the S.O.A.P. Bible Study approach. Each week, on our Essential Facebook page, we will publish 6 days worth of Scripture reading to prepare our people for the upcoming Sunday message. We will encourage those that are striving to grow as a disciple to complete a S.O.A.P. Bible study on one or more scriptures each week. We believe that this will enrich the believer’s time in the Word and participation in the Sermon. Discipleship is an essential element in our vision to “Magnify Christ and Multiply His Kingdom.”
Use the SOAP Bible study pattern to go deeper in your experience with God in Scripture.
S = Scripture: – Read the Scripture or a passage of Scripture. Write it down in your journal. Or, when reading large passages, write down the “gem” passage that you will focus your attention upon.
O = Observation : – Write your observations about the passage. How would you explain the Scripture if you were teaching it to someone else? Stop and think on the Scripture. Say it out loud. Try to uncover who was the passage written to? What are some key words that stand out in this passage? Are there any other Scriptures that this passage reminds you of or makes you think about? Are there any pictures, illustrations, stories, or object lessons that come to your mind when reading this Scripture?
A = Application :How does this scripture apply in your life? What does this Scripture lead me to do? Why should I do it? What will be different if I live out the truths in this Scripture?
P = Prayer : – Pray for God to give you understanding of how He wants to use this Scripture in your heart and life. Ask Him to help you to hear and understand His Holy Word. Pause and listen!!! Ask Him to give you direction for the day, for the week, for your life. “Speak Lord! Your servant is listening!”
What are the benefits of doing the S.O.A.P. Bible Study in your time with the Lord?
* Greater understanding, retention and application of God’s Word
* God will give you opportunities to share what He is teaching you through His Word.
* You will be able to easily teach others God’s Word and how to study God’s Word for themselves.